Jade I. Ortiz-Help Me Overcome Dyslexia
Organized by: Michael Ortiz
Meet Jade I. Ortiz. Age 7. An incredibly intelligent young girl just wanting to live a normal life. Since the age of five, like most kids, Jade has been enrolled in school. She excelled right away, always at the top of her class, very respectful, extremely creative and always took a leadership role in every classroom environment she was in. At the tender age of 7, something happened and my family and I noticed a dramatic change in her learning curve. She was struggling to read and nothing we were doing helped her. We tried reading glasses, a tutoring program, we had her evaluated by the DOE and they labeled her as Learning Disabled and set her up in SETSS (Special Education Teacher Support Services) and none of that worked. In fact, she regressed. She became less vocal in class, wanted to stay home more often than not, crying from frustration during homework time and she was embarrassed and ashamed that all the other kids knew how to read and she didn't. As a parent, the worse feeling in the world is knowing your child is struggling and stressed and you don't know how to help them. She had trouble sounding out words and I noticed that she would read one word and see the exact same word a sentence later and would look at it as if it was a brand new word she had never seen before. One day we were doing math homework, I saw that she transposed her numbers and I immediately thought of Dyslexia. Soon after, we got Jade evaluated by NYU Langone for Dyslexia and other learning disabilities. The evaluation came back as expected, Jade was intelligent but suffered from Dyslexia, a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading. After consulting with Dr. Dorfman (the neuropsychologist at NYU Langone) she highly recommended a specialized tutoring center called Lindamood-Bell that would work with Jade four hours a day, five days a week for the next six weeks. After those six weeks, Jade would understand how to fully function with her dyslexia and be able to read. Unfortunately, a program as such is not covered by the insurance the Department of Education provides my daughter and I and with my current salary I can not afford such a high tuition on such short notice. As a responsible father, I want the absolute best for my daughter and it pains me to not be able to give her what she needs due to lack of funds. So I humble myself before you all to ask for your help, help send Jade to this specialized tutoring program that she so desperately needs for her to get back on track in school and eventually become the star student she once was.